TEACHING AT HOME DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
Some choose to home-educate, while others have home-education thrust upon them. However, mustn't grumble - and let's give thanks for a) screens (oh go on, admit it) and b) the fantastic reaction from online educators, who have thrown their talents at making this work for our children.
The BBC has thrown everything it has at responding to the Coronavirus outbreak, including a range of educational resources for parents who are educating at home. The videos at BBC Teach are sadly not available outside the UK, but they have also compiled a list of external websites which is helpful. Swiss broadcasters can access the children's channels CBeebies and CBBC - and if your subscription doesn't yet include them, that's something to consider.
This popular website is used by home learners, schools and those seeking help with homework in the normal run of things, and like many other websites has risen to the occasion magnificently. It is US-based and is most helpful for Maths, but has chemistry, biology, computer science and US history modules as well. Work is set out by US Grade, which one year out from UK school years (so Grade 1 is Year 2). It includes daily schedules for home learners.
Carol Vorderman was the brains-and-beauty combo in a hugely popular afternoon quiz show called Countdown, in which her party trick was to do hugely complicated sums like it was no big thing. Since leaving, she has worked to improve kids' maths skills with books and this website, which is being offered free as long as UK schools are closed.
The Times website is normally behind a paywall, but has a month-long free trial for overseas subscribers, and has revived its Funday Times section to provide home learning support with the help of the teachers' website Oak Academy. Lessons are set out for Year 1 (Kindergarten), Year 2 (Grade 1), Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6
The UK based website is offering a free month of its Ultimate subscription with a range of codes depending on the country - we suggest PARENTSTWINKLHELPS or UKTWINKLHELPS if you're British and used to that system. It has thousands of educational resources, from colouring sheets to German grammar and more.
This page has a massive list of links from phonics support to poetry, to secondary education support links. Well worth a look.